James Bond fans know very well that 2012 is a big year for the movie franchise, as it is the 50th anniversary of the October 5, 1962 U.K. theatrical release of Dr. No (which premiered in the U.S. the next year, 1963).

Two huge Bond events are coming this fall, with Skyfall – the latest film in the series – hitting U.K. theaters October 26 and U.S. screens November 9, 2012. Preceding Skyfall by only a few weeks, is Bond 50 – a massive 23 disc Blu-ray set, collecting all 22 official Bond films in 1080p for the first time ever. The box set will be released September 25, 2012.

Nine of the films – You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, and Tomorrow Never Dies – will be available on Blu-ray for the very first time with this set.

Each film will be accompanied with hours of extras carried over from previous releases (press materials for Bond 50 have said there are, in total, more than 120 hours of bonus material total). The 23rd disc contains some newly produced features, including “The World of Bond” and “Being Bond” – the latter containing an optional pop-up trivia track, the latter looks at all six actors who have embodied Agent 007 – Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.

If that wasn’t enough, Amazon.com currently is offering an exclusive package that also includes the hardcover book, James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters. The Bond 50 collection is available for pre-order now.

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Chaz Lipp

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